By: Tom Brussow
Owner, Sunsational Beach Vacations
In 2018, I definitely said Yes to Mexico having recently returned from my 4th trip of the year to the Cancun/Riviera Maya area.
These adventures included stays at the Grand at Moon Palace, Dreams Playa Mujeres, and Secrets Playa Mujeres. I finished out the year with a group of industry colleagues at one of my all-time favorite spots…the El Dorado Royale by Karisma.
At every turn I was very pleased that my past experiences, which began all the way back in 1995, were reaffirmed as the airport staff, van drivers, bellmen, waiters, bartenders, and housekeepers that I encountered along the way were without a doubt among the friendliest, most gracious, hard-working, and amazing people that I have had the pleasure to meet.
I do indeed say Yes to Mexico and there are a million reasons why. First of all, after more than 60 visits, Mexico feels very much like my second home and I'm quite comfortable with the surroundings. Then, of course, there are the beaches and turquoise ocean, the amazing all-inclusive resorts, the excursions, tours, the food, the Don Julio tequila, the golf courses, the Mexican culture and the warm hospitality of the Mexican people just to name a few.
So then, when a client or friend tells me that Mexico isn’t a safe place to go on vacation, I have to passionately disagree! Why? I give all my years of memorable personal experiences a significantly higher degree of credibility compared to the sensationalist news stories being circulated by outlets such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
It seems like the media just loves to tell bad stories about our neighbors to the south. My guess is that their motivation isn’t all that altruistic as with consumer interest and fear comes lots of lucrative web page clicks and notoriety for the newspaper and the reporter(s). In other words, portraying tourism to Mexico and the Mexican people in a negative light and inciting fear in the general public is good for their business which is really quite insidious.
A good example are the made-up stories about the resorts serving so-called “tainted alcohol”. The newspaper here in Milwaukee has been trying to keep this unverified, unsubstantiated story alive for close to two years without offering a single shread of first-hand proof. It also defies logic that throughout all this time, the “investigative” reporter somehow never once made it down to Mexico to investigate things first-hand much less bring back a sample of actual tainted alcohol. The reason they haven’t made this effort is because they know their fear-based campaign about “tainted alcohol” is total nonsense and there is no data to show that this a real problem. The numbers simply don’t support the assertion and the allegation that the resorts and/or the employees would intentionally do this doesn’t comport with the resort's own self-interest or the nature of the Mexican people who depend on the resorts and tourism for their income.
Above all, the resorts are focused on providing the best possible service and experience for their guests fully realizing that tourism is the lifeblood of their economy. The workers frequently express their gratitude for American tourists who they feel are responsible for the highly valued job that allows them to provide for and help ensure their families can have a better life.
THESE are the kind of people you are bound to encounter in your trip to Mexico. Is it ever their aim or in their best interest to harm you in any way? Absolutely not!
Are there bad elements in Mexico? Of course there are! There are people with bad intentions in every city or town including the one you live in every day. That is just a fact of the world we live in.
So, as you consider your next vacation and if Mexico could be a good spot for your family trip, Destination Wedding or Honeymoon, here some important statistics to consider:
So, we do indeed say YES to Mexico and strongly feel that you can do the same with a high level of confidence that Mexico is a safe destination for your next vacation!
Want some additional information? Here is a very helpful website where you can get the real facts about Mexico:
Thanks and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns before you go!